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Planned restaurant development on Bali bombing site causes outcry

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

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Kuta, Bali   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /  02:59 pm
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A development sign was erected on Thursday at the former site of the Sari Club, one of two locations targeted in the terrorist bombings on Oct. 12, 2002 in Kuta, Bali.(JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

A new object now stands at the 1,500-square-meter plot in the heart of Kuta, where the Sari Club once stood and the first explosion went off during the 2002 Bali bombing: a blue and pink development sign. "Restaurant and monument development project," the sign reads, to the detriment of survivors and the families of the tragedy's victims. The sign says that PT Hotel Cianjur Asri plans to build a 700 sqm restaurant on the plot. The site is one of two locations where 202 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a coordinated attack by violent extremists on Oct. 12, 2002. “The sign was just installed this morning,” Febi, a local resident who runs a food stall on the otherwise empty plot, said on Thursday. She said she was told to vacate the site by May 5. Since the 2002 terrorist attack, most o...